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Age and gender as factors in the distribution of global micronutrient deficiencies


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Webb, P and Nishida, C and Darnton-Hill, I (2007) Age and gender as factors in the distribution of global micronutrient deficiencies. Nutrition Review, 65 (5). pp. 233-245. ISSN 0029-6643

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Although micronutrient deficiency is a global problem, the burden is not evenly shared within affected households. This review suggests that there are important non-linearities in relationships among food intake, sharing, and caring behavior within the household. Since micronutrient status relates to interactions among biological, social, behavioral, economic, and environmental processes, outcomes are not always predictable by age, gender, or location. Understanding such variability is crucial to identifying appropriate solutions. This review represents an exploratory first step toward unmasking population-specific variations that are important for better understanding the nature of micronutrient deficiencies and for improving the focus of public health action.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Nutrition Review
Publisher: International Life Sciences Institute
Page Range: pp. 233-245
ISSN: 0029-6643
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1301/nr.2007.may.233-245
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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:23
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:34
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